That's how Team Obama rolls.
The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month'sSupreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.It was the administration's first legal response to counter the justices' 5-4 decision, but Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that "it will not be our last."In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder called the Voting Rights Act "the cornerstone of modern civil rights law" and said that "we cannot allow the slow unraveling of the progress that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much to achieve."
This is the response released by True the Vote in Houston on Thursday afternoon:
True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and
election integrity organization, responded today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s plans to
launch a wholesale attack against the State of Texas by filing federal lawsuits against Texas’
voter ID law and election procedures.
“We will not sit idly by and allow the most politically charged Department of Justice in US history
to set aside the US constitution and attempt to bully the people of Texas", True the Vote
President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "We will meet Attorney General Holder in court and we
will do whatever we need to do to advance the cause of voters’ rights for all Americans.”
“General Holder’s announcement today demonstrates just how radical the DOJ has become.
The same department that criminalizes journalism and fails to prosecute IRS agents who violate
the rights of American taxpayers is promising to sue states with taxpayer dollars to block laws
passed by elected legislators such as voter ID and citizenship verification.
“Every American voter deserves to have his or her vote counted - and not diluted by fraud or
error. The DOJ just put itself between the voters of Texas and their guaranteed constitutional
and civil rights.
“True the Vote has watched as Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly disregarded the
rule of law,” Engelbrecht continued. "We understand that this Department of Justice does not
believe that protection of voters’ rights should be colorblind.
“Texas will stand its ground in San Antonio – that’s a promise.”
This is the reaction of Senator Ted Cruz, from an interview on Fox News:
“By first going around the voters and now the Supreme Court, Attorney General Holder and President Obama’s intentions are readily transparent. This decision has nothing to do with protecting voting rights and everything to do with advancing a partisan political agenda.
“Texans should not – and will not – stand for the continued bullying of our state by the Obama Administration.”